The Last Real Austins chronicles how Austin overcame the tough austerity period immediately after WWII and went on to design a comprehensive range of cars, sports cars, limousines, taxicabs, off-roaders, military vehicles, vans and trucks, that has never been equalled by any single manufacturer.
In the immediate post-war years its modern and innovative range of cars, trucks and vans were forced to take on world markets as a result of the British Government's "Export or die" mandate to help pay off massive war debts. At its peak, Austin was required to export 75% of production, resulting in long waiting lists for new vehicles on the home market. As a result, many of its impressive range of modern vehicles were to find customers in the four corners of the world, helping to establish Austin as one of the world's best known automakers at the time. This book chronicles each model and focuses on how and where it was used and received, and is illustrated with rare archive material and stunning colour photography, which will be appreciated by enthusiasts and restorers alike.
Colin Peck has been collecting, restoring and writing about classic cars for almost 30 years. He has been involved with a number of car clubs for makes as diverse as Mercedes-Benz and Checker cabs, but it was while living in the US in the early 1990s that he renewed his involvement with old Austins, buying and acquiring a 1954 Austin convertible. He restored the car in the UK and later acquired a 1950 Austin Woodie from Canada, which he also restored. Colin's involvement with the global Austin village has seen him establish links with Austin clubs, historians and enthusiasts around the world.
Setting the scene - the war yearsPost war - 8,10,12 and 16Export or dieSmall cars A30, A35 - Farina A40Family cars - A40s, A50s, A55s etcLuxury cars - A125s - A135sSports cars A90 Atlantics, A40 Sports, AHMetropolitanTaxicabsOff-roaders Champs - GipsysLight commercials